Refashioned vintage attire to Lolita Alice in Wonderland dresses. Creative photography is the record to this tale. This gallery enriched space awaits all imaginative souls (like Alice) who need a costume to wear, that speaks volumes, to your creativity and way. Entrance your inner child at the Lair!

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Bowen Mountain, Sydney NSW 2753
*By appointment ONLY

Like no other

Not your ordinary costume and photography studio..

The Lair is a bespoke costume, makeup and creative portrait studio, for your Alice in Wonderland themed to alternative styling and photography. The focus pocus is on eye candy aesthetics from vintage finds and more.

A place like no other, located in Bowen Mountain, Sydney. Unique and handmade props, refashioned and one-off finds, this gallery enriched space is located in the artist/photographers house. Awaiting all imaginative souls (like Alice, from Alice in Wonderland) who need a costume to wear, that speaks volumes, to your creativity and way. Reclaim your sense of self. It’s an amusement ride of colour, texture and detail. Your transformed experience is photographed, digital and/or printed artworks are the record to this tale.

Alice in Wonderland themed, Victorian to gothic lashings.. please know, various items are ‘tweaked’ within the space, to best cater to those entering the space, ie. lighter or darker. This was always the artist’s intension, ie. faux flowers other props changed to suit, and/or photos changed to black and white.

Minature gothic areas have surfaced, Ana’s miniature butler, now a vampire (thanks to her 5yo daughter advising so) lives in one section. Creativity is literally ‘exploding’ in a good way like wildflowers on a field with exciting projects a happening thing.

Ana also has a large range of dark artworks that can be utilised via Photoshop as background scenes to your portrait, however ad on costs for this option, all dependent on your request.

Bushland surrounds serve as an alternate option to the studio setting, inclusive of digital artistry.

Ana’s approach is to make you feel relaxed and totally at ease. See the video below of Ana and her faux crocodile. The original ‘Alice in Wonderland’ book by Lewis Carroll had a croc in it. This ‘faux’ crocodile has a realistic sounding growl, walk and glowing red eyes. Adorable! Much fun to be had..

See the ‘Packages’‘ page, you have full access to all of the props, headpieces and accessories in the studio space. Items are strung about the place, like cherries on the tree, ripe for picking.

Please note – Date, 1st, July 2022 – Lots of updates to headpieces, costumes and the studio space has taken place. Visit early August for photos to styled outfits/all updates. The Alice in Wonderland styled outfit for Size – Small to Medium is now completed!

Based on your request, Ana helps craft your aesthetic, away from standards and routine. Ana’s mission is to enchant your inner child, teaming up with Pam from Phoenix Hair and Makeup Artistry.

Pure splendour, totally uplifting feeling, after having your makeup professionally applied.  Ana is now under Pam’s magical spell to her creative artistry after requesting a doll like Alice look for her creative makeup.

Regardless of age, size, sex, it’s time to frock up!

Bookings by appointment ONLY
Daytime – Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday’s ONLY
Location – Private residence
10 Crag Crescent, Bowen Mountain, NSW 2753

Introduction to the Lair, with Ana as her version of 'Alice'

REQUIRE MORE INFORMATION? VISIT THE BELOW..

30 Reasons to say ‘yessss’ to The Lair
FAQ – After the testimonials
Process page – Outlined in 4 easy steps

Have questions? Schedule a call back!

Schedule in a no obligation 20 minute chat with Ana Miller (Costume and photographer) to ask any questions, to plan your day at the Lair.

30 REASONS TO CHOOSE THE LAIR

  1. This is no cookie cutter business. Ana combines her passions, inclusive of working both professionally in the costume, design and photography fields to make the experience unique.
  2. Alice in Wonderland themed settings, with beautiful and bizarre props to go.
  3. Ana helps you bring out your inner child, evoke playfulness, it’s time to break away from the norm, every day.
  4. Think ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ but with accessories and props. Like cherries on a tree, all is ripe for picking.
  5. Ana doesn’t discriminate, open to anyone who wants to frock up! It’s all expressing your creativity. Flowering your way.
  6. Gorgeous enchanted tree props that light up are truly wonderful to see and be photographed next to..
  7. Bespoke headpieces and accessories to chose from, falling into the ‘whimsical’, ‘gorgeous’, ‘dark’ to ‘out there’ categories
  8. Sip your complimentary smoothie, glass of wine on the goddess chair.
  9. Most of the costumes have been made from vintage wares, antique wedding dresses and all sorts, therefore a unique stamp is across the board.
  10. The back end of the house has a gorgeous bushland view, surrounded by trees
  11. Ana has professional photo retouching experience working at various high-end companies, see examples at the studio.
  12. Ana takes the time to ask questions, find out what you envision from your (costume and) photo session, we work together as a team.
  13. Have a small quirky video done (taken via an I-phone) in the moment! Ana is also open to your fun ideas. See Ana’s story (with more to come) on IG.
  14. There is a large-scale dolls house, surreal in nature, with miniature chandelier’s that work. Cut up vintage Barbie dolls throughout. It took  Ana over 10 years to complete. A must see!
  15. Several unique mirrors, especially the oversized gold mirrored frame make wonderful props for photography.
  16. Props and accessories are suggested, or at hand to enhance your experience, also used as a fun distraction especially if nerves are at play.
  17. The accessories across the board are one off’s and meticulously made, not for mass use.
  18. Ana goes out of her way to ensure you are comfortable getting your photo taken, and knows personally from past experience, hence doing a modelling course when younger to help her over this!
  19. A ‘Underground’ coffee is made for you once here or specialty tea, or a cheeky complimentary wine on request (if later in the day/if you are of legal age!)
  20. There are so many background sections within the space of the Lair. Please know, you will be lost in the detail of the room, your inner child will most definitely come out to play.
  21. Photography in the back an front garden (depending on your preferred theme) is now available as well as studio pics (based on the time frame).
  22. Location shoots are an option, see Pam’s photos at The Junk Yard in Londonderry, re gothic vibe.
  23. Ana is a detail freak, with a love for the ornate.
  24. Creative photography is explored from all angles off and on a tripod. Whatever it takes for you to look your best within the frame.o
  25. The photo/artwork prints are of professional fine art quality. See any examples at the studio.
  26. Full experience catering (add on’s) are available to delight all of your senses, see the ‘Packages‘ page for thes decadent treats.
  27. Tell your story, your way. Add graphics, to photos, there are unlimited possibilities, all dependant on your budget.
  28. Photos can be taken to new heights with digital artistry, as well as cutting out your photo (deep etching) in Photoshop and placing it into an existing artwork from a selection of existing examples.
  29. The drive here is truly beautiful, and surrounding areas like Bilpin and Kurrajong. See the list of things to do to fully complete your stay.
  30. The Lair is a new kid on the block, in terms of costuming and photography, however not in experience. In collaboration with Ana’s hair and makeup go to, Pam, your in for one hell of a grand makeover! That’s Ana’s promise.
Ultra Violet Lair - Alice in Wonderland styled chairs

Testimonials

Sasha Nederpelt

My recent photoshoot with Ana at Ultraviolet Lair was such a wonderful experience. A chance to step back in time, experience vintage fashions of years gone by, and allow my inner child to play in front of the camera. Fun, professional and costume choices aplenty. Ana helped me feel at ease during the process and hair and make-up helped bring the creative vision to life. Thank you for such a memorable experience. The final creative images are amazing!

Testimonials

Elizabeth Brandt

What a wonderful experience at Ultra Violet Lair! Taken away from the ordinary, looked after and treated to an extensive range of props, outfits and settings, the photo shoot was at once professional and enjoyable. So recommend this for a memorable experience, dress up, play and have a professional photographer, hair and makeup stylist bring a fantasy to life with photos to remember. Thank you so much Ana.

Testimonials

Ronald Levesque

The imagination in the artistry is beyond amazing. The talent and art displayed is exceptional. A true artist in every sense of the word.

Testimonials

Pammy Sparre – Phoenix Hair & Makeup Artistry

I had the absolute pleasure of working with Ana on a enter the art zone lockdown photoshoot.. Ana gave me so many great options and was a joy to work with.. I am so over the moon with the final edits.. Absolutely fabulous! Ana's creativity is unique and magical.. I would highly recommend her if your looking for something completely outside the box..I look forward to working with this amazing lady in the future.. Thankyou Ana!

Testimonials

Imogen Terry – (Photo Shoot)

I would highly recommend Ana, her attention to detail and artwork is incredibly good and unique! If you are in need of a graphic artist or looking for a unique photo shoot, Ana is your lady!

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Bella Wolf – Earthly Delight

It is so much joy to work with Ana! She takes the stress out of tricky design work and infuses so much fun into the process for those of us mere mortals in the blogging world. I love Ana’s magical sense of aesthetics and real attention to the finest details. she went above and beyond for me and took the time to really listen to what I wanted and guide me through the process coming up with lots of options. I am so pleased with the final results. Thanks Ana. I loved spending time in your Lair. Let’s do it again soon. (Portrait/Graphic Design work)

Testimonials

Model – Mimi Belle

I found Ultra Violet Lair online and entered a photoshoot competition with the lovely Ana! Luckily I won and got to experience the magic that is the Ultra Violet Lair! So many beautiful costume choices, props and sets, it’s really like stepping into Wonderland! Had a fabulous day shooting and Ana was very flexible as I had injured myself just before the shoot and was in a moon boot (not that you can tell looking at the pics hehe). Thanks so much Ana, can’t wait to be back in the studio again sometime soon xx

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

WHY IS THE LAIR - NOT TO BE COMPARED TO OTHER STUDIO PLACES ABOUT TOWN, RE PRICING?

  • Pricing is unlike other photographers, as typically they would ask you to turn up with outfits for your shoot.
  • The Lair, is a quirky wonderland gallery experience, rich in detail.
  • The main two packages are with full costume styling (ex footwear and stockings if applicable)
  • Creative makeup and hair included (All packages ex ‘Come as you dare’)
  • Access to all the props, headpieces and accessories whilst at the studio during your shoot. – See the updated range mid May, 2022.
  • It has taken the artist/photographer years to work on the studio space and over 10 years to complete the dolls house ‘like no other’. It has cut up vintage Barbie dolls and miniature chandeliers that work within.

Please note – If your having your hair (or wig) and makeup professionally applied, you will be at The Lair for 3-4 hours.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE PRICING RELATED TO COSTUME & STYLING?

Costumes are one off’s, meticulously made and not for mass use. Full styling ex footwear and stockings, headpieces and accessories are matched or with contrast to your attire. A look to ensure you shine or pop in the photo.

The time for costuming and getting your hair/makeup is on top of the photography session time. Therefore with the ‘Ultra Day Out’ package, your time here is roughly 3-4 hours.

All the costumes all have to be cleaned, steamed as well as other bits and pieces within the space with much care.

CAN I BOOK A TWO PERSON SHOOT? WHAT OPTIONS?

Two bookings can be made, however you are photographed separately. The changes related to the packages are for one person only, therefore 2 x $249.00 for the deposit. This is a creative portrait photoshoot mainly associated with a costume focus.
Down the track an option will open that is catering to children.

ANY CATERING OPTIONS AVAILABLE?

A few treats are in store, The Lair now offers delicious bite size protein balls and a smoothie with any bookings. Small bite sized food and a lovely drink through a straw, is the best way to ensure your makeup stays in place, keep you energised and your tastebuds happy! Ana is currently testing which ones are the favourites to be on offer. Photos available soon!

Having your hair and makeup professionally takes time. If you require more catering options to complete your stay, please see the ‘Packages‘ page. There is a gorgeous fruit, crackers and cheese option, through to treats such as custom cakes or biscuits, pure decadance!

Please allow a two week ordering time, especially with the lady who bakes and creates as she is in high demand!

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR PRINTED WORK?

Any requested prints are basic retouched
Colour correction, file resize, depending on your request, file formatting, then sending through to the printer. Once received and checked, then packaged accordingly. Roughly a two week turnaround once sent to print.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN TERMS TO 'MY LOOK' FOR COSTUME AND PHOTOGRAPHY?

From curating your look, with outfits, accessories to go, hair & makeup, professionally styled, to capturing the moments via creative photography, every detail is brought to fruition.

WHAT'S THE PROCESS TO HAIR AND MAKEUP?

Once Ana has a rough idea as to what outfits you are up for. Colour schemes, a makeup guideline is worked out. Please know, nothing is set in concrete as another outfit might catch your eye. Once styled, then your off to the glittering highway you go!

Pam from Phoenix Hair and Makeup Artistry works in collaboration with Ana to ensure you look extraordinary! Whether it be a Alice in Wonderland themed, glamorous, alternative. Pam is well versed in all styles, in both hair to makeup.

Liz is featured here at the Lair, styled by Pam with vintage flair and ready to step back in time.

Phoenix Hair and Makeup Artistry with Liz

WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO PAY FOR PRINTS?

Let’s chat and see what you require from your photo session. Both the digital and printed photos can be purchased in small batches, there is no minimum spend. Digital artistry can also take your photos to new levels.

 

ITINERARY CHOICES, WHAT'S CLOSE AND ALLURING TO SEE/DO?

Hawkesbury Remakery
Art gallery, sustainable and refashioned items, unique finds to events. A place to feel inspired, get lost amongst ‘all’. The staff and volunteers are wonderful too..

Location – 126 George St, Windsor
OPEN – Wednesday to Sunday – 30 minutes drive from here

The Junkyard
Treasure trove of antiques, ‘automotive and books, along with artefacts and incidentals which hold their value because of their rarity’. It’s an amazing place to be lost in time and very much in the present. An excellent place for photographs for the cool cats wanting something different.

Location – 11 Bennett Rd, Londonderry | OPEN – Weds, then Friday to Sunday | 20 – 25 minutes drive from the here

Bellsridge Cottage
Art gallery to clothing store, cool, amazing, alternative..

Location – 1286 – Bells Line Rd, Kurrajong Heights

OPEN – Thursday to Sunday | 15 minutes drive from the here

Kurrajong shops
Good selection of cafes, shops for clothing and gifts.

Location – Old Bells Line Rd, Kurrajong | 7 minutes drive from here

Mars the mannequin is calling your name!

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Pages from Illuminations book, Walter Benjamin on screen

BITE SIZE ENTRIES

The Lair – Blog

Bite size blog entries from Ana from a fashion, art and design perspective, to her influences, creative makings and her way.